Association of Business Executives (Diploma)

What is ABE?

The Association of Business Executives (ABE) is a UK accredited non-profit awarding body and Examination Board.ABE main objective is that they offer a top quality product at a cost effective price.

Why study ABE?

An ABE qualification will help you to find or gain the promotion you want, as it proves to employers that you understand the principles of business. Employers in a wide range of occupations accept ABE qualifications worldwide as many senior managers themselves hold ABE qualifications. Research proves that holders of professional qualifications earn more during their career through being more skilled and this is more marketable as a result.

Professional Accreditation

ABE offers three levels of qualification to improve your knowledge and skills. The programme starts with the Level 4 Diploma and enables you to progress through the Level 5 Diploma up to the level 6 Diploma.

At SHEL, students have the option of pursuing ABE along the following pathways:


Successful organizations, whether large or small, are well managed. The development of management skills within an organisation is an essential part of continued business growth. Pursuing this pathway will allow students to master the art of planning, organizing, staffing, leading or directing, and controlling an organization for the purpose of accomplishing a goal.


The effective management of an organization’s human resources is now recognized as a critical component in the success of public and private enterprises. Irrespective of size, the presence of well-trained and highly motivated staff will enable organizations to meet the fresh challenges that are part of a rapidly changing business environment.


Travel, tourism and hospitality businesses operate globally in a dynamic and competitive environment that requires the ability to adapt to constantly fulfill travellers’ changing needs and requirements. It is a service business with particular challenges, but which has employment opportunities worldwide.

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Association of Business Executives (ABE)

  • LEVEL 4 Open Entry, but must be competent in English
  • LEVEL 5  Any ABE Level 4 Diploma or equivalent qualification OR 2 A Levels/2 CAPE subjects OR 2 years relevant work experience.
  • LEVEL 6 Any ABE Level 5 Diploma or equivalent qualification OR A degree



More than 80 universities worldwide accept:

  • ABE Level 4 Diplomas for entry to the first year of related UK Bachelor degrees (and equivalent stages for degrees in other countries).
  • ABE Level 5 Diplomas enable you to start your degree in the second year
  • ABE Level 6 Diplomas in the final year is accepted towards MBA or Masters degree level courses.